Why Reading Fiction Should Matter to Atheists

Unlike most of the stories I hear around the atheist blogosphere, my deconversion from Christianity had little to do with my understanding or appreciation of science and scientific pursuits; at its core, it was more about a personal journey through logic and reason, an inward reflection of the logical inconsistencies I observed throughout my years [Read More…]

Book Review: Nature’s Witness

Mike Clawson (NOT Hemant) here… Last month I promised a review of Daniel Harrell’s new book, Nature’s Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith. This is a book written by a Christian pastor for other Christians, but on a topic that I know many of you have an interest in: the intersection of Christian faith and [Read More…]

Helping Christians Accept Evolution

Mike Clawson here again… I must have evolution on the brain or something lately. Anyway, I know that many of you here come from conservative Christian backgrounds, and even if you consider yourself an atheist now, you still have Christian friends and family with whom you interact. Perhaps this past holiday season included heated discussions [Read More…]

Survival of the Weak and Scrawny

Mike Clawson here… Newsweek had a really fascinating article this week about how hunting practices are leading to a kind of “evolution in reverse” as hunters kill off the “best” animals (whether elk, or elephants, or mountain goats, or whatever) and leave the weak and scrawny ones to propagate themselves. Of course, the article acknowledges [Read More…]

The Vatican says evolution is okay

The Roman Catholic Church has long affirmed the validity of evolutionary science. Unlike some (certainly not all) other Christians at the time, it never condemned Darwin or his ideas; and in 1950 Pope Pius XII described evolution as a valid scientific approach to the development of humans – a stance reaffirmed by Pope John Paul [Read More…]